1–11-08 The Sitz­mark, Gird­wood, AK poster by Alexandra Fischer

1/11-12/08 Moonalice poster by Alexandra FischerJan­u­ary 11 & 12, 2008 The Sitz­mark, Gird­wood, Alaska
Moon­al­ice poster by Alexan­dra Fischer

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, alti­tude is pos­i­tively cor­re­lated with fun. Over the cen­turies, tribe mem­bers have dis­cov­ered many ways to gain alti­tude. The also dis­cov­ered that com­bin­ing vir­tual and phys­i­cal alti­tude enhance­ments is a par­tic­u­larly pow­er­ful dri­ver of the fun meter. Exper­i­ments in applied alti­tude enhance­ment were widely evi­dent at the Sitz­mark on this Fri­day night in January.

Brows­ing through the Moon­al­ice leg­end archives, we dis­cov­ered that Jan­u­ary 11 was a momen­tous date in the his­tory of the tribe. In 1913, Hud­son intro­duced the first auto­mo­bile with a hard top. Why was this intro­duc­tion such a big deal? Have you ever tried to light a smoke in a fast mov­ing con­vert­ible? Hard tops also pro­duced a very desir­able increase in back seat pri­vacy, which led to the dis­cov­ery of the drive-in and lover’s lane. Hud­son changed the course of civ­i­liza­tion with this innovation.

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, Jan­u­ary 12 is Amos and Andy Day. The orig­i­nal radio show began this day in 1928, with two white guys imper­son­at­ing a whole lot of black peo­ple. We don’t pre­tend to under­stand the sig­nif­i­cance of Amos and Andy Day, but thought we would pass it along in the inter­est of the legend.

Dur­ing our stay in Gird­wood, we con­sulted a Moonalice-to-English dic­tio­nary and learned that the def­i­n­i­tion of Alyeska (in Moon­al­ice) is “huge pile of white stuff; spend­ing time there will get you high.” We don’t pre­tend to under­stand the sig­nif­i­cance of this either. That said, Gird­wood is as nice a place as we have ever been and the fans there can­not be beat!




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